You Deserve Green Flag Clients

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m 17 years into this, or because I’m less tolerant of crap, but I can tell you right now: I only work with good clients.

That’s right. I only work with good clients! 

And you can, too.

There are enough good clients out there to make the world go ‘round. And I can’t help but think I could have avoided some red flag clients along the way if I knew what to look for, and what to avoid.

Optimism is a beautiful thing, but rose-colored glasses usually aren’t helpful when we’re vetting possible clients. Here’s something that is helpful … looking for green flags! Ready to pinpoint good clients (and avoid some pain along the way)? Here are some client green flags:

  1. They respect your boundaries. When you communicate things like your working hours, your timeframe, and any other musts for working together, they respond with a resounding, “Sounds good!” Remember, in order for them to respect your boundaries, they need to know what they are! Use an intake process that establishes clear boundaries. 

  2. They aren’t in a super-rush. Look for signs that not everything is lit on fire; they are flexible. If they have a firm deadline, it’s far enough away. These are the kinds of clients who you might go the extra mile for if they do have an urgent situation, because most of the time, they don’t.

  3. They’re positive. You usually get this vibe right away. Clients either show up with a general air of positivity and excitement, or an overall negative energy. Listen for a positive outlook (“I’m so excited to finally have a great website!) vs. a doom-and-gloom one (“Yeah, I guess it’s time I invest in a website.) Of course, people can say ‘negative’ things (“My last designer was a nightmare!”) and still be positive people, so pay attention to your spidey senses here.

Read the rest here: 
Client Green Flags: 11 Signs of a Good Client

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